Abstract Study #1
I realised recently that it has been a long time since I let myself sit and paint completely freely. When I first started painting many years ago most of my work was abstract in style. I loved manipulating the paint and dragging it across the canvas. My favorite module at college was mark making. I remember a project where we were asked to fold a large piece of paper to create 100 squares and to then fill each square with different marks all black and white. I loved this - finding it easy to fill the squares when other people in my class struggled.
Over the last 2 years in particular I have tried to bring my attention to readable form in my art. I felt my art lacked structure and form was (and still very much is) a big weakness for me. Gradually my art shifted focus from abstract emotive pieces to a more illustrative style and I painted freely, automatically and abstractly less and less.
This small abstract study was painted automatically without care for form. It was created simply for the process. It feels good to paint like this after so long. Painting this recent abstract work has reminded me of my love for pure mark making and raw expression of emotion. I want to begin to go back to my painting roots for a while. To loosen up again. To paint free again.
Abstract Study #1 2016 Mixed Media on 300gsm HP Fabriano 5 1/4" x 6"